Last Thursday, September 15, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV figured in an altercation during the Senate’s hearing on extrajudicial killings. Trillanes initially argued that Cayetano was taking up too much time in questioning the witness, but Cayetano shot back saying he had the right to do so as a senator. It almost led to a fistfight that at one point, Senator Leila De Lima, who heads the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, had to stand in between them. Yes, like a mom trying to get her kids to behave.
See for yourself. Here are five of the most awkward moments during the Senate hearing:
1. Trillanes attempts to turn off Cayetano’s mic (40-second mark)
2. Trillanes sarcastically asks Committee Chair and Senator Leila de Lima whether what Cayetano is doing was allowed (3:54:50 mark) "I would just like to inquire if there is ‘unli’ questioning allotted for a non-member of the committee."
3. The “Hindi kita papopormahin” moment (38-second mark)
4. Cayetano transfers seat, away from Trillanes (1:26 mark) “Can Senator Trillanes stop talking to me? I don’t want to talk to him but he keeps talking to me.”
5. Cayetano says his wife is waiting for him at home (2:07 mark) “I’m here to interpolate, so if I’m not gonna be given that chance by the committee, uuwi na ako. Hinihintay ako ng asawa ko, eh.”
The whole exchange can be viewed here starting at the 3:54:50 mark. In a Facebook post, SmartParenting.com.ph's contributing writer, Ana P. Santos, swears she heard Sen. De Lima say off mic, "Let's please not do this here. May mga tao nanonood." (There are people watching.)
"It was something my mother would say to me and my sisters...when we were 10," Santos points out.